|Submited By: Booker on 05/23/2010|
The RCR-3 is a bit complicated, but the complications are in the service of flexibility and thoughtfulness, and once you understand the logic, it all makes sense. Read the manual carefully: it s terse but accurate. The programming employs multiple physical buttons, and probably could have been handled with a simpler array on an lcd screen, but this way you see clearly and feel clearly what you are punching in, which is not a bad idea for a multiple-alarm clock (you don t want to be surprised with an alarm going off in the middle of the night, or not going off when you need it). It offers four groups of alarms: for each group you can set one time, and assign that to any combination of the seven days of the week, for different patterns for weekdays and weekends. This is useful for those with a variable schedule. The clock is good looking, very solidly and carefully crafted and quite weighty, which is a good thing, so you don t knock it off the nightstand while reaching for it early in the morning. It has a smart illumination system that lights up gradually when the alarm goes on, and whenever you turn something on or off, then dims down to your chosen illumination setting, and offers highly adjustable dimming. The volume of the alarms is also highly adjustable, and it features a stepped-volume alarm, so if you re a light sleeper you can catch it early before your spouse wakes up, but it will also get louder over time to make sure you don t miss it if you re sleeping heavily. And the radio is superb: its sound quality is not far from a Kloss, and it grabs and holds signals that none of my other radios can reach. You can also plug in your MP3 etc. This is one classy, well-crafted alarm clock.